Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope

Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope


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Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood

The story is told from the perspective of a young Beetle who, with his mother, meets a crowd of caterpillars in the garden they all frequent. Soon they become friends and he watches in awe as the caterpillars weave themselves into cocoons. A special one catches his attention and Beetle “adopts” it by making all sorts of plans of what they will do together when it hatches. Later, he watches as the cocoons break open one by one and beautiful butterflies emerge and fly away. But the one he counted on to be his playmate does not. He is deeply saddened and understandably confused. Beetle’s mother explains gently that young friends like his who can’t join him in the garden are with others in the sky. The story ends with Beetle waving to his friend above and wishing happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983290407
Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,

former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a

graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she

currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence

for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's

an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her

husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator whose other VanitaBooks include: My Grampy Can't Walk, Let Me Bee, Big Blue, Made In China and What Pet Will I Get?

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Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope. 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book for many reasons. It deals with an issue that most people find uncomfortable to address. Most people (myself included) rarely if ever talk to their kids about death or about what happens to a stillborn baby. Farfalla talks about this issue gently, giving hope and spreads a blanket of peace over the subject. Many children have to deal with death. I am sure that everyone can think of someone (person or pet) that they knew as a child that passed away. It can be difficult and scary and very sad. Vanita Oelschlager's story gives children a sense of understanding. She gently explains in a universal and non-religious way what happens when we die. The illustrations: The artwork is beautiful. I like the bright colors and the way they contrast with the heavy black outlines. Blackwood has a lovely style that is well suited to both the story and the subject. My daughter loves this book because of the "pretty butterflies".